SolarWinds' New Free Tool Harnesses Cisco IP SLA to Analyze Network Performance

Austin, TX (PressExposure) March 18, 2009 -- SolarWinds, a leader in powerful, simple and affordable network management software, today announced the release of their latest free tool, SolarWinds IP SLA Monitor. The tool, available now via download -, allows network engineers to unlock sophisticated IP Service Level Agreement (IP SLA) technology - [] to better understand device-to-device and remote site performance. This "de-centralized" view of network performance facilitates more precise identification of traffic trouble spots and accelerates response time. IP SLA is a powerful network performance measurement technology that allows users to analyze specific transport metrics from a Cisco® IP SLA-capable device to another Cisco router or other IP device.

Historically, deploying the technology required engineers to use command line interface (CLI) to both configure and read results. SolarWinds IP SLA Monitor tool gives users an intuitive, graphical interface to easily configure router IP SLA operations and monitor statistics in real-time. "The biggest complaint that network engineers hear on a daily basis is ‘the network is too slow’ and yet very few deploy IP SLA technology, which is already built into their Cisco devices, to streamline troubleshooting those performance issues," said Josh Stephens, vice president and Head Geek, SolarWinds. "We created this easy-to-use, free tool to put the power of IP SLA into more engineers’ hands and give them a better and faster way to address performance problems."

The new tool enables IP SLA on a Cisco router or switch, configures the path-specific operation details, and displays the resulting real-time performance data in an easy-to-read dashboard. SolarWinds IP SLA Monitor makes it easy to: · Analyze performance between a Cisco IP SLA-enabled device and other remote devices · Monitor common IP SLA operations, including UDP echo, ICMP path echo (ping), TCP connect time, DNS resolution, and HTTP response · Create and export a Universal Device Poller (UnDP) - to monitor path-specific IP SLA performance in Orion Network Performance Monitor - (NPM) · Verify and monitor quality of service (QoS) · View IP SLA operation details, including frequency, source and target, operation type and Type of Service (ToS) settings · Prevent performance degradation by watching threshold-specific indicators that provide visual alerts when performance problems arise

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Press Release Submitted On: March 17, 2009 at 9:19 am
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